Accomplishments: Department of Psychology

August 14, 2020
Brenna Renn (Psychology) and colleagues at the University of Washington described real-world use of behavioral health mobile apps in a recent publication in JAMA Network Open. They argue that for behavioral health mobile apps to make a public health impact they have to be not only downloaded, but actually used by consumers or patients over time. The team proposed a novel "stickiness" metric based on real-world data from 46 of the most popular behavioral health apps.
August 6, 2020
Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt (Psychology) has received the 2020 Jean Lau Chin Early Career Professional Award for Academic Scholarship for her work on microaggressions. This award comes from the American Psychological Association's Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), Section 5: Psychology of Asian Pacific American Women. 
July 30, 2020
Renato "Rainier" M. Liboro (Psychology) recently published an open-access, peer-reviewed article, "Catholic Family Ties: Sustaining and Supporting HIV-Positive Canadian Gay Men’s Faith, Mental Health, and Wellbeing," in the journal Religions. The aim of the community-based, participatory research study presented in this article was to explore and examine the perspectives of HIV-positive gay men on how and why their Catholic family ties have sustained and supported their faith, mental health,...
July 28, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology) recently published three papers in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions. The first paper reported the psychometric properties of a new scale developed to assess for problematic pornography use (Validation of a Brief Pornography Screen across Multiple Samples). The second paper, The Development of the Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder Scale (CSBD-19): An ICD-11 Based Screening Measure across Three Languages, examined the psychometric properties of a new scale developed...
July 24, 2020
Jennifer L. Rennels, Andrea J. Kayl, and Kirsty M. Kulhanek (all Psychology) published an article, "Individual Differences in Infants’ Temperament Affect Face Processing" in Brain Sciences for a special issue on The Study of Eye Movements in Infancy. This research demonstrates how infants' surgency and orienting affect their face processing and recognition of familiar and unfamiliar race faces posing neutral or pleasant expressions.
July 15, 2020
Brenna Renn (Psychology) offered a review of a new tool that evaluates mental health apps in a recent Stat News article. This new tool was developed by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and aims to help patients sort through the mental health app marketplace to make an informed decision about app quality, usability, and privacy, among other factors. Stat News offers health- and science-oriented journalism and is produced by the Boston Globe. She was not involved in the...
July 7, 2020
Andrew Freeman (Psychology) with Lauren Kenworthy, Allison Ratto, Cara E. Pugliese, John F. Strang from Children's National Medical Center, Katerina Dudley from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kelly Powell from the Yale Child Study Center, and Laura Anthony from Children's Hospital of Colorado published "Preliminary Psychometrics for the Executive Function Challenge Task: A Novel, 'Hot' Flexibility and Planning Task for Youth" in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological...
June 26, 2020
Alyssa Crittenden, Trevor Pollom, and Kristen Herlosky (all Anthropology) and Chad Cross (Medicine), along with Elle Ford, '17 BA Psychology, recently authored a paper, "Effects of a Mixed‐Subsistence Diet on the Growth of Hadza Children," in the American Journal of Human Biology. It explores the early effects of dietary transition among hunter-gatherers navigating sociopolitical and ecological change in East Africa.  
June 26, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology) recently published two books chapters. The first chapter, "Prevention and treatment of sexual addiction" is coming out in the Cambridge Handbook of Substance and Behavioral Addictions. The second chapter, "Digital technologies and sex: Internet and smartphone influences on pornography viewing and other sexual behaviors" is coming out in the Oxford Handbook of Digital Technologies and Mental Health. 
June 12, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology) will be offering a webinar on problem gambling among U.S. veterans (Gambling Problems in US Military Veterans) on June 12, sponsored by Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies.
June 11, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology) and colleagues recently published a paper, "Addiction or Transgression? Moral Incongruence and Self-Reported Problematic Pornography Use in a Nationally Representative Sample" in Clinical Psychological Science. 
June 8, 2020
Repairer Etuk (Psychology) and Tiange Xu (International Gaming Institute) received a pre-doctoral student network grant of $2,500 for their proposed project, Sports Betting around the World: A Systematic Review, from the International Center for Responsible Gaming. Their primary mentor is Shane Kraus (Psychology) and secondary mentors are Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) and Marc Potenza (Yale School of Medicine).